Thanks for visiting my website.  It has lists of (and some links to) my publications and presentations, resources for teaching Spanish to heritage speakers, and information about the Language in Context Resource Group that I co-direct at in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies in the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics at the University of Illinios at Chicago.  

Talk at Northern IL University, Oct. 1, 2014

I was kindly invited by Dr. Karen Lichtman in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Northern Illinois University to give a talk on Oct. 1, 2014. The topic was "No child left monolingual."

Institute for the Humanities lecture

I delivered this lecture on Tuesday April 8, 2014, at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for the Humanities. 


La enseñanza de la lengua española en los Estados Unidos

The Instituto Cervantes has created a marvellous website where they've uploaded numerous video conferences about various issues related to the teaching of Spanish.  My discussion with Dr. Ofelia García about teaching Spanish in the U.S. is available at the link below.



Charla con papás, Mes de Herencia Hispana, Evanston IL

Esta charla se trata de la importancia de promover el uso y la lectura la lengua española en la casa y en la escuela.

Multilingual Chicago

We live in a time when many U.S. residents harbor "English only" sentiments -- that is, to be considered a good citizen you have to speak English and also stop speaking anything else. Multilingual Chicago is a grassroots organization I belong to that seeks to counter such linguistic hegemony by promoting linguistic diversity in our city, both that brought by immigrants and their descendants as well as by English speakers studying other languages. In 2007, Mayor Daley signed a resolution brought forth by the efforts of this group.


Institute for the Humanities fellowship

I am very pleased to have received an Institute for the Humanities fellowship during the 2013-2014 school year.  Here is a short article about me and the other fellows.


UIC Oaxaca study abroad for heritage speakers: Student-made recruitment video

I had the pleasure of accompanying five wonderful students to Oaxaca in summer 2013: Genesis Romo, Caesar Sanchez, Maritza Silverio, Anabel Torres, and Liz Torres.  Liz created this fantastic video along with help from her peers.    

Here is the UIC Oaxaca Study Abroad page.  You can also "Like" our Facebook page.



"Teaching Spanish to heritage speakers: Pedagogical and administrative considerations"

Why do heritage speakers need a separate Spanish course?  What are some of the linguistic, affective, and academic considerations that educators should keep in mind?  This is the talk I gave at Lake Forest College, IL, in September 2013.

Univisión 30 mayo 2011: Sobre Fulbright en Oaxaca

Me entrevsitó Paula Gómez de Univisión sobre el proyecto que iba a empezar en Oaxaca en 2011-2012.  Tenía previsto estudiar la enseñanza del español como lengua nativa en México para 'importar' ideas para la enseñanza del español a los hablantes 'de herencia' en los Estados Unidos.  Pero una vez en Oaxaca, cambió totalmente mi enfoque:  Empecé a conocer a muchos jóvenes que se habían criado en Estados Unidos y cuyas familias regresaron a Oaxaca.  Entonces me dediqué a estudiar su (re)incorpración lingüística y escolar.

TEDx talk April 12, 2013: "No Child Left Monolingual"

Talk title: "No Child Left Monolingual."

This was a real labor of love. I'd love to see two-way immersion on every corner!

Two small errors:

(1) At 9:58, the production folks accidentally highlighted the two-way immersion program, when I was in fact referring to English Only.

(2) At 10:24, I said "75% Spanish" when I meant "75% English." Probably obvious but just for the record.

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